Jeffrey A. Mandell

Legal Assistant
Vicki Eyers

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On the Job


One of Wisconsin’s leading election law litigators, Attorney Jeffrey A. Mandell represented Governor Tony Evers in the bevy of challenges to the validity of Wisconsin’s November 2020 election. He previously litigated which presidential candidates would appear on Wisconsin’s ballot for that election. He also represented Disability Rights Wisconsin in defending the statutory provision that guarantees “indefinitely confined” voters access to absentee ballots and helped the Service Employees International Union block efforts to purge hundreds of thousands of registered voters from Wisconsin’s rolls. Earlier, Jeff led the state constitutional challenge against the Wisconsin Legislature’s December 2018 lame-duck extraordinary session.

Jeff leads two practice teams at Stafford Rosenbaum—appeals and election and political law. He argues frequently before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and state courts at every level. He regularly handles cases and appeals in federal courts, within Wisconsin and beyond. He has participated in cases at the U.S. Supreme Court about a broad range of issues, from election law to takings, administrative law to civil procedure, class actions to civil liberties.

Jeff has been a commercial litigator for more than a dozen years, first at Bartlit Beck (Chicago), then at Jones Day (D.C.), and now at Stafford Rosenbaum (Madison). He excels in complex litigation, regardless of subject matter. He is the current author of the definitive treatise on the Wisconsin Fair Dealership Law, and he regularly counsels and represents dealers and grantors on issues under that law. He has represented a tobacco company for more than a decade in the remedial stages of a civil RICO case; he helped a financial-guarantee insurer navigate exit from Wisconsin’s largest-ever insurance rehabilitation proceeding; he has successfully challenged State procurement decisions on behalf of disappointed proposers; he works with creditors in bankruptcy proceedings, municipalities in litigation involving statutory requirements, and a variety of parties in contract, tort, property, administrative, and patent disputes.

Jeff graduated from the University of Chicago Law School with high honors. Immediately after law school, Jeff served as a law clerk to the Honorable A. Raymond Randolph on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Jeff is admitted to practice in Wisconsin, Illinois, and D.C., as well as before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the D.C., Second, Sixth, and Seventh Circuits, the U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia, Northern District of Illinois, and Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, and the bankruptcy courts in both districts of Wisconsin.

Community Involvement

In 2020, Jeff founded Law Forward, a nonprofit, nonpartisan law firm dedicated to preserving fundamental democratic principles, reviving Wisconsin’s traditional commitment to clean and open government, and promoting a progressive vision through impact litigation, administrative process, and public education. In addition to his work with Law Forward, Jeff serves as the founding President of the Madison Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, on the editorial board for the American Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Journal, as well as on the boards of directors for the Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund, the Aldo Leopold Nature Center, and Madison’s Beth Israel Center. Jeff is a Fellow of both the American Bar Foundation and the Wisconsin Bar Foundation.

Jeff frequently writes and speaks about the law. He posts often on the Stafford Rosenbaum Appellate Law Blog, and he has been published in the Wisconsin Law Review Forward, Wisconsin Lawyer, U.S. Law Week, and elsewhere.


  • University of Chicago Law School (J.D.) (high honors; Order of the Coif; Law Review editorial board; moot court)
  • Dorot Fellowship in Israel
  • University of Texas – Austin (M.A.)
  • Trinity University (B.A.)

Speaking Engagements

A Public Affair: Legal Battles Over the Ballot Box, WORT FM. October 2020.

Off the Job

In his spare time, Jeff relaxes with his wife (Sara), two children (Micah and Owen), and rescued black Labrador mix (Olive), all of whom enjoy exploring Wisconsin.

  • Favorite foods: ice cream; raspberries; cider
  • Favorite season: autumn
  • Favorite TV shows: Sports Night; The Americans; Friday Night Lights; Crazy Ex-Girlfriend; The Good Place; Succession
  • Favorite musicians: Jason Isbell; Brandi Carlisle; The Secret Sisters; Wilco; Prince; Cry, Cry, Cry; Regina Spektor; Lyle Lovett; Crowded House
  • Favorite reading: The New Yorker; anything by Etgar Keret; Leaves of Grass; The Unnamed
  • Favorite movies: A River Runs Through It; Crazy, Stupid Love; Six Degrees of Separation
  • Favorite cities to visit: Capetown; Barcelona; Jerusalem; Austin
  • Favorite spots in Wisconsin: Picnic Point; Sister Bay; Aldo Leopold Nature Center; Forward Theater

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